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Castle Redeux...The Recycled Ruins


Kids and grown-ups alike will go back in time as they visit the newest addition to Playhouse Lane in My Big Backyard. Thanks to a grant from The Children’s Foundation of Memphis, Castle Redeux….The Recycled Ruins is the perfect area for fairy-tale, adventurous play. With the help from regional artists, Bernhard Meck and Tim Pace who assisted with the design of existing art elements in the Garden, this medieval castle was designed and made almost completely of reclaimed material. Pace said, “Working on the castle project for the Memphis Botanic Garden was a great opportunity as an artist.  I was given a general idea of the project and was able to create the dragon and other pieces as I found the best suited recycled material for each piece. This Dragon is the single largest piece I have created to date.” Alongside this majestic dragon, Castle Redeux features king and queen thrones, crowns and costumes, a catapult, and the sword in the stone. “The castle was built over 100 days with lots of record-breaking, pouring rain and intermittent frost, made to look like it was built 1,000 years ago and then - one day- mysteriously abandoned! You know - because THE DRAGON did it!” said Meck. The creation of this new playhouse is very timely as My Big Backyard celebrates its 10 year anniversary.


Ode to These Recycled Ruins…

The walls were built from a city sidewalk

The shelf was once a cabin wall

The dragon, now so very big, began his life very small.

Propane tanks, trowels, hedge trimmers and a garden spade,

a paint shaker, rake tines & horseshoes are all things of which he is made.

The thrones for the king and queen were once seats for a farmer,

and a piece of a water heater is now a shield of armor.

To crown our king and queen, a sawblade and golden lamp base.

Climbing the wall are snakes of chain, each with a shovel face.

A candlestick stem and a bowl used for fowl

make quite the fancy goblet in our kingdom now.

To light the way, old tailpipes from a motorbike

and a chainsaw bar sword in the stone will surely test your might!

All of these things some might have thought of as trash and refuse,

but they were just the right pieces to build our Castle Redeux!

Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at 10:52 AM


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